Spearfish Veterans monument to break ground in July - KOTA Territory News

Spearfish Veterans monument to break ground in July


Organizers say, it will be a monument to honor the true price of freedom.
Fundraising efforts are underway to make Indian Springs park in Spearfish the site of a new veterans monument.

The project, slated to be complete in three years, has an estimated budget of $250,000 dollars.
So far, organizers say they've received $30,000 in private and corporate donations.

On park land donated by the city of Spearfish, the monument will be comprised of five granite slabs to be inscribed with the names of all Spearfish veterans- free of charge. So far, that list comes close to 5,000 names.
"Those veterans who have been honorably discharged and have served our country can have their name inscribed on the monument while still living. And in some cases, while they're actually still serving," said Jim Childers, Treasurer for the Spearfish Veterans Monument Committee.
"Since the 9/11 incident, the interest in our country and our freedom has increase.
We all have to know, freedom is not free," said Ken Hansen, with the Spearfish Veterans Monument Committee.
Ground work on the project is expected to be complete in July. The committee is also holding an auction to help raise funds for the monument.
For more information, please visit: http://spearfishveteransmonument.org/

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